The Eight is a unique Macau casino restaurant with lots of space between the tables, self-opening doors, a really impressive entrance, creative and fun-loving chefs, and cheongsam-clad waitresses with limited English who try very hard to please the small proportion of their customers who can’t speak Cantonese or Mandarin . We don’t feel that the restaurant should be judged by Michelin restaurant standards because about 80% of visitors to Macau are from the mainland. About 4% of visitors, and thus their customers (if they like Cantonese food), would be from Hong Kong or the West. Waitresses and supervisors are still struggling with English. For instance, neither our waitress nor her supervisor knew the Cantonese word for “oyster sauce” until a manager stopped by our table and told us. We were charmed by the culinary artistry of the chefs who formed the crispy barbecued pork in bak pao bun into the shape of what we thought was a hedgehog and cut a cherry tomato into the shape of a rabbit. We enjoyed also their mango and pomelo pudding and sesame pudding with sesame ice cream. We felt the price was quite reasonable compared to Hong Kong prices. It's good to book ahead of time. We were lucky to get a table for two when we asked at 10:15 am. There was only one table available, and was at 11:30 am. Be sure to appreciate the light show on the dark floor as you walk out of the restaurant: goldfish “swimming” with life-like motion, projected on the floor in front of you. We recommend The Eight for a good Cantonese meal and a fun overall experience.
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